Monthly Archives: April 2012

College Football: Hall to the Jags

As it turns out, Texas State sports fans, Bobcat All Americans who go pro aren’t just restricted to baseball.

Former Texas State offensive lineman D.J. Hall recently signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hall, who wasn’t picked in the 2012 NFL Draft, agreed to terms Saturday night.

“I was surprised that I wasn’t drafted, but there is a plan for everything and I knew something good was going to happen,” Hall said Saturday night. “I got the call about 15 minutes after the draft ended and all I could say was, ‘Yes!’”

Jacksonville was one of 10 teams who sent scouts to San Marcos for the Bobcats‘ pro day in March. The Jaguars, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers, kept a close eye on Hall.

“I worked out for a few of their coaches not too long ago and they said they would be in touch,” Hall said. “All I wanted to do was open one pair of eyes and I’m glad I did that.”

Hall is still working out the final details of his contract, but once he does, he’ll report to Jacksonville on Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s a lot for the former All-America offensive lineman to take in.

“This has been even better than I could dream,” Hall said. “When I got to Texas State, I just wanted to play at least two years, but to go All American and now get drafted, is amazing.”

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College Athletics: Texas State on the outside?

Texas State sports fans better hope the university has a horseshoe or an entire rabbit hidden somewhere. The Bobcats are going to need it pretty soon.

As of next week, Texas-San Antonio, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Utah State will be leaving the Western Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners and Bulldogs will head to Conference-USA, while SJSU and USU will join the Mountain West Conference.

So where does that leave Texas State? In short, not in a good place.

With those four schools leaving the WAC, the conference is down to three schools (Idaho, New Mexico State and Texas State) — and it’s impossible for the WAC to survive on four schools.

Like it was stated before, don’t be surprised if the Bobcats reach out to a familiar face in Karl Benson, the current commissioner of the WAC. Benson is now the commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference and would probably throw Texas State a lifeline if need be.

We’ll try to get in contact with Texas State athletic director Dr. Larry Teis at some point today (Saturday) to discuss this matter further.

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College Softball: A fitting end

It’s quite possible that over the last four years, no player has meant more to his/her team in the realm of Texas State sports than that of Chandler Hall.

Hall burst on the scene as a freshman and improved each of the last four seasons to the point where she is one of the most dominant two-way players in the Southland Conference. Last night, she wrapped up her career at home with a fantastic night against Texas-San Antonio, pitching the Bobcats past the Roadrunners in the first game (10 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 13 K) and doing equal damage with her bat in the doubleheader (3-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI).

With it being her final home game as a member of Texas State, let’s take a look at her home split stats in her career.

Freshman (2009) — .313 BA, 6 R, 14 RBI, 8-7 W-L record, 1.53 ERA

Sophomore (2010) — .313 BA, 7 R, 11 RBI, 10-4 W-L record, 2.12 ERA

Junior (2011) — .396 BA, 13 R, 8 RBI, 8-3 W-L record, 2.81 ERA

Senior (2012) — .250 BA, 6 R, 7 RBI, 9-0 W-L record, 0.68 ERA

When Hall was in the circle at Bobcat Field in 2012, she was dominant. Hall threw six complete-game shutouts (including a no-hitter against Stephen F. Austin) and struck out 75 batters.

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College Baseball: Just call it Sibley’s book

Texas State sports fans, senior second baseman Tyler Sibley is rewriting the school’s record book so much, it should probably be named after him.

Friday night in the first game of the three-game set with Central Arkansas, Sibley eclipsed the previous career doubles mark held by former standout Paul Goldschmidt with a seventh-inning two-bagger. Sibley later scored, extending his own career record for runs.

In the second game of the series, Sibley collected a pair of hits. Sibley’s first-inning double broke former outfielder Bret Atwood‘s career hits mark, which was set in 2011. Now, Sibley has 261 hits, compared to Atwood’s 259.

Texas State will go for the sweep of the Bears on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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College Baseball: Bobcats go silent at Texas

In the realm of Texas State sports, no cloud hangs heavier than that of Texas over the Bobcat baseball team.

It’s been a while since Texas State shook the burnt-orange gorilla off its back. Seven years to be exact, as the Longhorns completed another sweep of the Bobcats, this time posting a 2-0 win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas State only scratched out four hits against Texas, as its offense continued to struggle. Three of the Bobcats’ hits came in the third inning — all singles — but poor base-running killed any shot at pushing across a run.

Wasted in the loss was a tremendous outing on the mound by redshirt freshman Taylor Black. It was Black’s fourth start of the season and arguably his best. Black held the Longhorns without a hit through four innings, scoreless through five and struck out seven.

Texas State will try to snap its current six-game losing streak Friday night when it begins a three-game set with Central Arkansas.

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College Football: Nearly Bowled In

Texas State sports fans, it’s been a while since we posted a North Side Complex construction update on here.

This picture is courtesy of the web cam on top of Bobcat Stadium. You can find it on Texas State’s site by clicking here.

This is how the North Side Complex looks as of April 15, 2012.

As you can see, construction crews have all but bowled in the North Side Complex. Once complete, capacity at Bobcat Stadium will increase from 16,000 to between 28-30,000.

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College Baseball: Scary moment

In the fifth inning of this afternoon’s game against Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State junior catcher Andrew Stumph tumbled head-first into a brick wall behind home plate while chasing a foul ball. Tense moments followed as medical personnel transported Stumph from the field, to a hospital, in an ambulance.

Stumph wasn’t seriously injured, as the school’s Twitter feed reported he suffered a sprained neck as well as two sprained wrists. It had the potential to be a lot worse for the junior catcher, who earned a spot on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List (nation’s top catcher) before the season.

Senior first baseman Casey Kalenkosky caught the rest of Saturday’s game for the Bobcats.

Texas State didn’t fare well in the game, as it lost by seven runs (8-1). It was the second consecutive lopsided loss for the Bobcats, who fell 10-1 on Friday.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part IX)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (SMDR Photo).

Texas State sports fans, former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt recently began his second season as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Goldschmidt picked right up where he left off last year, belting a home run in the season opener against the San Francisco Giants. And guess what. Goldschmidt took former Cy Young Award winning Tim Lincecum deep again, the second time he did so in his career.

Take a look. Watch Goldschmidt’s home run.

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